What inspires you? What stirs a desire on the inside of you, to want to create … “something”? As children, most of us were given different things to play with, in an attempt to touch that creative side of us. Many of us were given clay or play doh, crayons and paper, cooking utensils and various ingredients, musical instruments, seeds to plant, crafts and so on. Remember how much fun it was to come up with different ideas, and work for hours to bring them to life. It was exciting to finally hold your finished product in your hands, as you ran to show someone your new creation. When you were given praise for it, it felt so wonderful that it made you want to create more.
Being exposed to different elements is a powerful tool for adults as well as for children, to become inspired. So, again I ask, what inspires you?
Is it certain people?
Is it a place?
Is it prayer and meditation?
Is it certain YouTube videos or Pinterest?
Is it reading biographies?
If an answer is too hard for you to get in touch with, there’s a possibility you’ve been so busy being the overly responsible adult, to notice, or to even care. I remember hearing this old proverb years ago, about those who worked way too much. It said, “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy (And Jill a dull girl). Without time off from being in “work” mode, it can make ones life dull and boring. When we tend only to our “responsibilities”, we ignore the part that makes life rich and sweet. I once heard this quote that speaks well to this: “Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
I applaud those who have had this epiphany so to speak, and made the changes in their lives to encompass it. For some, they have found wonderfully refreshing hobbies and modes of relaxation, (gardening, painting, baking, writing), and others have found a way to make a living from what they create. Bravo! When you do what you love, it really is like play time for an adult. Those who make time for play and creativity know how much more productive they are when they return to their responsibilities. Not nurturing this side of life is a set up for future burnout.
We live in a time where this is more important than ever, since one can work around the clock with the Internet if they choose to. Let’s be wise with our lives. This is not a sprint for a 30-yard dash. It’s a slow and steady pace until the finish. Find your Inspirations. Be intentional. Be steady. Find a rhythm for yourself. Make time to play, to be inspired, to be creative, and to live fully. Find what gives you joy and make time for it. It may become your new hobby, or just possibly, your new career.
#rewardscoaching #workandplay #Inspiration #marriagebuilders #success #loveyourself
This past week, I’ve had the pleasure of being around other author’s, innovators and entrepreneurs. Each person was standing in the glory of his or her hard work, courage, and perseverance. You could see and feel the joy of each presenter because they overcame many challenges to get there. You could almost taste the determination in them to keep building upon this accomplishment.
How many of us live with dreams in our hearts of things it would be nice to do if given the chance. It could be writing a book, starting a business, or embarking on a new career. The dreams can be as diverse as the population of people on this earth, each with it’s own challenges, but one thing is the same; what it personally takes to get there.
3 Threads are the same:
The first thread is Faith. Faith believes in something you can’t see in the natural world yet, but can see in your heart of hearts. You have an inner sense that the creative God, who made you, has endowed you with the same gift of creativity as well. You can feel it moving you forward with this dream against all odds.
The second thread is courage. Courage will support you in mastering your own fears and doubts, as well as those that may come from others. It’s a challenge to quiet or override the “voices” regardless of where they are coming from.
The third thread is perseverance. When you sit with a dream in your heart, without a clue of how or where to begin, it takes perseverance to step up to the plate to begin the work. Then we will also need it every step of the way, entwined with the other two, to do all it takes for the dream to be realized.
This process can almost be viewed like a pregnancy. It starts out with a desire. Then you do what’s necessary to conceive it, care for it and birth it. There is joy, excitement, discomfort, frustration, uncertainty, expense, support and care from others, and at the right time, you give birth.
Do you have a dream that is waiting to be born? I’d like to encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone, stretch your capacity, and go for it. Your comfort zone is not a place to camp out, it’s a place to go rest and regroup so that you can keep moving. I love these two quotes:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. “-Neale Donald Walsh
“Every moment of one’s existence, one is either growing into more or retreating into less. “ – Norman Mailer
Coaching can be a great avenue to help you begin or walk through the process of birthing your dream. Our experience in coming along side to make things happen can be invaluable. #RewardsCoaching. #Lifecoaching. # Bringingdreamstolife. #Callforacoachingsession.
Have you ever heard someone say to or about a married couple, “The honeymoon is over.”? Basically what they were saying was that all the nice, little, affectionate, attentive and kind things and words have come to an end, and now the real marriage begins. Granted it’s an old saying, but it’s meaning still rings true for some couples today.
Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for certain behaviors and attitudes within marriage since roles, communication skills, and personal choices have evolved greatly through the years. Although relational dynamics differ from couple to couple, one thing remains constant and is worth highlighting; “Love Thrives On Appreciation.” As family life gets busy, and our attentions are pulled in many different directions, it brings life, health, and wellness to a relationship when we remember to do those nice, little affectionate, attentive things for each other.
Let’s remind ourselves what some of the things are that could fall by the wayside:
All the little things we made sure to do when we first dated one another are the things that will keep the honeymoon alive through the years. When you keep this kindness, respect and friendship flowing in your marriage, you are depositing life-giving energy that will bring a return of love, trust and intimacy for years to come. Take care of your relationship. You don’t want to give your best energy to all the things pulling at you and have nothing left for the most important person in your life. Be “all in” 100 percent each (not 50/50 it’s 100/100) and always go the extra mile for each other.
I post my blogs bi-weekly, with a focus on strengthening and encouraging the amazing women and wives that you all are, You'll also find relevant conversations on marriage, relationships communication, and thoughts on having a Spiritual Journey.